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Poster: adks12020 Date: Jul 19, 2011 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thoughts on my first Furthur show

I've seen Furthur several times now and IMHO they keep getting better every tour. Granted I am 29 so I never saw Jerry (belive me, if I could build a time machine I'd skip every major event in history to see the Grateful Dead in 1973, 74 or 76 but alas the technology is not available).

I am obsessed with the Grateful Dead. i lsiten to them every single day and no, Furthur is not the Grateful Dead and never will be. No one can replace Jerry Garcia...no one but the fact is that they are a really good band.

The "play a song" comment is fairly laughable. I mean how many times did the Dead play for upwards of 20 minutes without a lyric or anything resembling a "song" except for being in the same key...maybe in the same key? Thousands of times. That is what this music is all about...taking it out there and seeing what happens. In the beginning Furthur wasn't doing that very well but they are now.

I was at Jones Beach on Sunday and I thought the show was great. The first set was much more upbeat and the second was a space out for the majority of it but was well played. The opening Weather Report suite>Let It Grow was fantastic. One part of Dark Star was straight 70s jazz fusion ala Miles and sounded great. In addition the changes turn on a dime for the most part. They play together very well.

Phil is on fire..FIRE! Joe Russo is a beast. Chimenti is one hell of a player and I think JK is actually getting more and more confident and really taking the lead more often. He does lay back a little too much sometimes but I think that will change. As for the Bobby complaints....I keep hearing people saying he doesn't have it anymore but I think they must just be Bobby haters because I just dont see or hear it. I make a point of listening to him a lot because he is so important to the sound of most oftheir songs and the vast majority of the time he is on. I couldn't believe I was saying it but I was even enjoying most of his vocals on Sunday night and everyone knows his vocals are not what they used to be.

My only complaint about Furthur is that they sometimes hang a little too long on the end of songs..but lets face it..The Grateful Dead did that too (for example, the end of Deal). My only complaint with the show Sunday was that they closed the second set with Good Lovin' and I really wish they would just stop playing that song altogether.

Oh yeah, Bobby also forget a verse and a line in Brokedown Palace and that was a shame...JK should have sung it anyway.

I guess what I'm saying is they put on a really fun show and play songs that I love so I'm going to keep seeing them. I think people should give them a chance. They arent the Grateful Dead and they know that. So don't go in expecting the Grateful Dead. Go in expecting a really fun concert with a group of good players putting it out there.

just my 2 cents

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 19, 2011 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thoughts on my first Furthur show

"The "play a song" comment is fairly laughable. I mean how many times did the Dead play for upwards of 20 minutes without a lyric or anything resembling a "song" except for being in the same key...maybe in the same key?"

I felt the "play a song" thing pretty hard when I saw The Dead a few years ago in DC. It's one thing to segue from a song into something free-form; quite another to start into a jam from a cold stop or to open a set with an amorphous jam. This was much less of a problem last weekend with Furthur than it was with The Dead.

"One part of Dark Star was straight 70s jazz fusion ala Miles and sounded great."

There was a part at AllGood that sounded like that. Chimenti was great.

"My only complaint with the show Sunday was that they closed the second set with Good Lovin' and I really wish they would just stop playing that song altogether."

At least it's Bobby singing a Bobby song! I'd much rather hear him sing one of his own than sing another Jerry song. Ugh.

"I think people should give them a chance. They arent the Grateful Dead and they know that. So don't go in expecting the Grateful Dead."

That's the key, I think.